Taking Making on the Road: Mobile Makerspaces for Universities, K–12, and Public Libraries
Kim Martin and Ryan Hunt
Providing access to information has always been a core value of libraries. With the rise of makerspaces and fab labs, information and access come in many forms: from 3D printing and scanning to sewing machines. How do libraries include these new items in their programming and how do they ensure that all patrons can access them? One way of doing this is by creating a mobile makerspace. A modern take on the bookmobile, a mobile makerspace can be a bus, van, or truck that has been transformed into a space to support new literacies—a space to learn with your hands. Join the co-founders of The MakerBus, as they walk you through the steps of creating, sustaining, funding, and programming Canada’s first mobile makerspace. Reflections on working with schools, the London Public Library, and universities will be included, and other examples of mobile makerspaces will be highlighted throughout the session.
- Understand what a mobile makerspace is and what is involved in planning this project
- Learn to critically evaluate the tools in a makerspace to determine what might work best for their library
- Obtain a list of useful links and recommendations containing practical advice for creating a mobile makerspace
About the Presenters
Kim Martin is the Ridley PDF in Digital Humanities at the University of Guelph, and co-founder/ Chief Instigator of The MakerBus, Canada’s first mobile makerspace. Her current research looks at the role of gender in makerspaces and digital humanities centres.
Ryan Hunt is a co-founder/Chief Fun Officer of the MakerBus and uses his background that combines the arts/humanities and experience with emerging technologies to create outside-of-the-box community-drive education projects.
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